The broken table saga
IN THE past couple of weeks we have been bombarded on TV, radio and news media in regard to the bizarre and almost surreal story concerning a marble table in Parliament House being smashed, after Tony Abbott's party following his dropping from the Prime Minister's position, being replaced by new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
This marble top table was destroyed by a heavy member allegedly dancing on this item of furniture (purchased 18 years ago for $590) which resulted in its breaking in two.
What really astounded me was the setting up of a Senate investigation into this event where the most inane questions were put to members present at this party, which continued into the early hours of the morning.
Questions asked whether this table was smashed, damaged or broken into pieces.
Was any fault found in this marble top which usually has a long life.
Half the marble stayed in the frame while the other half with jagged edges finished on the floor.
Small broken pieces were taken as souvenir pieces, with some pieces sighted in ministers' offices.
How long does it take to organise a Senate inquiry and at what cost with attendance by senators, TV operators, electricians, computers, etc?
So this inquiry spent so much time on a most insignificant subject taking priority over normal government business on such important times - climate change, unemployment, education, migrant problem, domestic violence, defence, foreign aid, budget and financial matters, major infrastructure on designing and constructing new roads and maintenance, ports, dams, city and rural development, mental health problems, schools and universities, trade (imports and exports) mining, training unskilled workers, loss of skilled doctors, tradesmen, environment, etc.
To we, the electors, it is most reassuring and a sense of satisfaction to know that highly paid parliamentarians have their finger on the pulse of major issues relating to legislation, bills, reforms with unbiased bureaucrats handling the necessary determination and subsequent declarations.